Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces

Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces

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Excerpt: ...in the open air, that the advocate must needs come within shooting range and hailing distance of him just on a feast of the Annunciation for good folks only. When the guardian went through the proper forms of salutation--accompanying them with a smile such as, fortunately, can never be seen on a child's face--Siebenkaes returned his salutes politely, although with a mere clutching and jerking at his hat--which he didn't take off. Lenette tried to make amends for this, by doubling the profundity of her own bow and curtsey; but as soon as practicable she administered to her husband a garden lecture, or, rather, a garden paling lecture, on his always, as if on purpose, irritating his guardian whenever he had an opportunity. "Indeed, love," he said, "I couldn't help it. I really meant nothing of the kind to-day, of all days in the year." The truth of the matter, indeed, is, that Siebenkaes had sometime before complained to his wife that his hat, which was of softish felt, was getting a good deal spoiled by having to be so often taken off to people in the streets, and that he could think of nothing better than to protect it with a coat of mail in the shape of a stiff cover of green oilskin, so that when packed up in this pudding roll he might go on daily employing it in those offices of out-door politeness which men owe one to another, without ever having to take hold of the hat itself at all. Well, the first walk he took after assuming this double hat, or hat's hat, was to a grocer's, where he disembowelled the inner one from its envelope and swopped it away for six pounds of coffee, which warmed the four chambers of his brain better than the hare-skin had ever done; he then went tranquilly home, with only the coadjutor hat on his head, undetected, and thenceforward bore the empty case through the streets with a secret joy that, in a sense, he now really took off his hat to nobody--with other entertaining fancies bearing on the.show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236688309
  • 9781236688309